Our Track Record

From start to finish the Lord has blessed Advance International with His favor.  There is no other way that we could have been able to do what we have done if it were not for Him.  Our passion to provide theological training for church leaders in places where there is little or none available is His calling on our lives.  The joy of this journey has been that along the way the Lord has brought other people, churches and organizations of like passion to come and partner by our sides to touch as many church leaders as possible in as many countries as possible.  With that in mind here is our track record.

Advance International was founded by the late Kim Hall, former pastor of Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and myself, Phil Walker, pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi, in 2007.  We began a partnership in that year with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to offer the seminary’s Pastoral Ministries Certificate at international sites where there was little or no theological training available.  Shortly thereafter we began to partner with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention who helped determine where this training was needed.  We started with two schools in Indonesia.  In addition to these partnerships the Lord has raised up teachers, translators, churches, associations, other non-profits and individuals with the same passion to train international church leaders. 

To date we have graduated 511 students from 6 different countries.  We presently have about 475 students in schools in Indonesia, East Asia, Paraguay, Honduras and Peru.   We plan on opening one school in Brazil, Kenya and two in India during the next year as well as 5 new ones in East Asia.  And thanks to many volunteers we are able to do this without any full-time employees and only one part time assistant!  This along with the fact that we neither own or rent buildings or offices enables almost all the financial support that is given to Advance to go straight to the mission field.    

Our schools fall into two groups.  The 20 schools in East Asia and are funded and administrated directly by Advance International.  Occasionally we have people who have a real passion to start a school in other countries besides East Asia.  Since we have committed ourselves fully to these schools in East Asia, we are unable to fund and administrate over any other countries, but if they have people, churches, or groups that are willing to raise the necessary funds and administrate over the schools, then we partner with them in making sure they meet the requirements so their students can receive the Pastoral Ministries Certificate.  This is how the schools in Indonesia, Peru and Paraguay came about, and also how schools are being started in the next year in other countries and also how you can start a school in a country where you have a passion to start this type of training.   

We ask that you pray for us as we continue to seek the Lord's plans for our future.  Pray that as He continues to open doors we will run through them.   We ask that you give financially.  Your gifts will go to help our schools in East Asia and Jakarta.  We ask that you go.  We have a great team of teachers and interpreters, but as we grow there is always a need for more.  If you would like more information email me at pwalker@2advance.org. 

Phil Walker

President, Advance International




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